Indian tennis player Rohan Bopanna has urged tennis players to support Novak Djokovic’s PTPA.
The Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA) was founded by Novak Djokovic and Canada’s Vasek Pospisil in 2019. The organization got off to a rocky start after being criticized by the ATP and WTA bodies as well as tennis players including Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
Nonetheless, the PTPA is now slowly but surely gaining a foothold among tennis players and things are starting to look bright for the organization.
Recently, 2017 Grand Slam mixed-doubles champion Rohan Bopanna expressed that he is proud to be a part of the players association and remarked that an organization such as the one formed by Novak Djokovic was the “need of the hour.”
“I am proud to be part of the Professional Tennis Players Association, the PTPA. I really believe it’s a need of the hour,” he said.
The Indian athlete further stated that the PTPA wasn’t needed only for addressing the issues faced by current tennis players, but also to create a better future, filled with numerous opportunities for upcoming talent as well.
“We as current professional tennis players need to have one voice in order to really push for more transparency, more opportunities not only for us as tennis players currently who are playing, but also for the future generations of tennis players,” Rohan Bopanna noted.
The 42-year-old thanked the PTPA for being of help and urged other tennis players to support the association and stand in unity for the beneficial cause.
“We have to believe in the power of our voices and together we can really make this change for the betterment of our sport. So let’s all go out there, support PTPA to really be that one voice to make a difference in our sport and bring the change what is really going to benefit for all us professional tennis players. Thank you PTPA for helping all of us,” he concluded.
“We as professional tennis players need to have one voice in order to really push for more transparency and more opportunities.” @rohanbopanna shares why he believes in the role and mission of the PTPA. pic.twitter.com/g4lMj5fsjy
— Professional Tennis Players Association (@ptpaplayers) February 15, 2023
Novak Djokovic’s PTPA announces first-ever Executive Committee
Novak Djokovic’s PTPA, whose aim is to maximize player voices, advocate for player health and wellbeing, and create on- and off-court opportunities for players, recently announced its first Executive Committee of eight members.
In addition to co-founders Djokovic and Vasek Pospisil, the Professional Tennis Players Association announced six other tennis players as members during its meeting in Melbourne.
2022 Wimbledon and US Open runner-up Ons Jabeur, former World No. 2 Paula Badosa, World No. 10 Hubert Hurkacz, American veteran John Isner, nine-time Grand Slam champion in doubles and mixed doubles – Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Chinese tennis player Saisai Zheng were chosen for the role.
The PTPA is proud to announce its first-ever Executive Committee and Official Principles.
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— Professional Tennis Players Association (@ptpaplayers) January 10, 2023